anxiety and the common cold

Today we ask that you take precautions around illness, and toxic energy.

The best way to stay healthy is to cultivate a strong immune system.  You have a physical immune system, and a subtler, energetic immune system.  These immune systems are completely linked.

It is useful to think of the immune system as a kind of fuel tank.  It is wise to keep your reserves high.

What fills the tank?  All acts of loving self-care.  Eating well, sleeping well, engaging in healthy physical exercise, spending time outdoors, giving yourself relaxation time — all these things strengthen the immune system.  Spiritual exercise, like meditation, also strengthens the immune system.

Very few people in your world are truly healthy.

Most people are sick.  Many carry around chronic forms of physical and mental illness.  That is why the pharmaceutical industry prospers.  This could only occur in a chronically sick society.  

Mental illness, it should be said, is no less contagious than physical illness.  Physical illness spreads through the transmission of harmful germs.  Mental illness spreads through the transmission of harmful ideas.  Television and the internet allow the widespread transmission of harmful ideas.

If your physical immune system is strong, then you can be exposed to harmful germs without getting sick.

If your physical immune system is weak, due to poor nutrition or exhaustion, then it is likely you will get ill when exposed to harmful germs.

If your psychic immune system is strong, then you can be exposed to harmful ideas without getting sick.

If your psychic immune system is weak, then exposure to harmful ideas will trigger mental illness.

The symptoms of contagious mental illness are feelings of chronic panic or anxiety, and depression.

A harmful idea is any idea that convinces you that people are defective and broken, that you are defective and broken, or that reality itself is defective and broken.  It is any idea that triggers attack thoughts, directed toward the self, others, or reality.  

By this definition, most people think harmful thoughts most of the time, and thus are chronically mentally ill — and this is true.  Most people in your world suffer from mental illness, on a mild to severe scale.  That is why so many people require medication in order to function.  It is not because their physiology is defective.  It is because they have been infected with mental illness, often in childhood by their own parents.

It is very possible to cultivate mental health, just as you cultivate physical health.

You know that if you are depleted and rundown, you are more likely to catch a cold when exposed to sick people.

It is the same with the mind.  You can keep your mind healthy by limiting exposure to the mentally ill, especially when you are depleted and rundown.

Make an effort to limit exposure to people who constantly complain about how terrible life is, who constantly attack or criticize other people, or who attack, shame, and criticize you.  While it is impossible to avoid exposure to all such people, it is important to take precautions.

To whatever degree it is possible, limit your exposure to such people, especially when you are depleted and rundown.  One thing you can do is to limit what you take in on TV and the internet.  If you have a friend on Facebook who constantly complains and attacks, do not subscribe to that person’s feed.  

Since it is impossible to avoid harmful energy in the world, the single best thing you can do is to keep the house of your mind and body clean.  Eat well, get adequate rest and relaxation, exercise the body.  Meditate.  Cultivate relationships with people who are loving, encouraging, and supportive.  Limit relationships with people who are attacking, discouraging, and negative — especially if you are susceptible to physical illness, or conditions of anxiety and depression.

Understanding that mental illness is actually a contagious phenomenon, no different from a cold, can be a major step toward cultivating health.

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